Ahead of his appearance in the 30th anniversary of the Solid Silver Sixties Show, 60s pop star Billy J Kramer found time to call the Skegness Standard from his New York home.
Performing for the first time in the UK for 17 years, Billy will sing alongside ‘The Rising’ band, with other famous names from the era including: original voice of the searchers Mike Pender, Chris Farlowe of ‘Handbags and Gladrags’ fame, UK soul pioneer PP Arnold and special guests ‘The Mersey Beats’, all backed by New Amen Corner.
Billy was managed by the same manager as The Beatles, Brian Epstein, and it was The Fab Four’s John Lennon who persuaded Billy to add the ‘J’ to his name to make him stand out.
He also originally sang the hit ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, later made famous by The Beatles.
During his career, The Beatles actually wrote seven songs for him and Billy recorded his UK number one hit ‘Bad To Me’ with John Lennon at Abbey Road.
Over the years, Billy has kept busy as a solo artist, working in cabaret and television in the UK and Europe.
Recent projects have included recording songs for Sandra Boynton’s Children’s album, ‘Dog Train’, and writing the introduction to best selling graphic novel ‘The Fifth Beatle’.
Billy released his new solo CD ‘I Won The Fight’ in 2013 and has been promoting this prior to touring with the Solid Silver Sixties Show.
Billy’s favourite track on the new album, ‘Liverpool in Love’, an ode to former manager Brian Epstein, was given the seal of approval by Sir Paul McCartney who said to him it ‘captured the moment’ of the famous 60s era.
Billy said: “Historically, there will never be a period like it again, with so many great songs.”
Having visited Skegness before, Billy said he is excited about coming back.
He said: “The show will be a lot of fun, with some great artists and I get as much of a kick out of performing as I did when I was 20.”
The show takes place on Saturday.
Doors open 7.30pm, tickets £29 (or £28 for over 60s).
Call 0845 674 0505 or visit www.embassytheatre.co.uk